Rainhill railway station

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Rainhill National Rail
Along the platform, Rainhill railway station (geograph 3819320).jpg
Rainhill railway station
Location
Place Rainhill
Local authority St Helens
Grid reference SJ491914
Operations
Station code RNH
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.168 million
2005/06 Increase 0.179 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.179 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.166 million
2008/09 Increase 0.447 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.436 million
2010/11 Increase 0.459 million
2011/12 Increase 0.470 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.450 million
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History
1830 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rainhill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rainhill railway station serves the district of Rainhill in Merseyside, England. It is situated on the northern route of the Liverpool to Manchester Line, forming part of the Liverpool City Line. The original Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Northern Rail on behalf of Merseytravel and are branded as Merseyrail services.

Rainhill has an important place in railway history, as the location of the Rainhill Trials where the proposed designs of locomotive for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway were tested in competition. Rainhill is one of the oldest stations in the world opening in 1830.

George Stephenson designed and had constructed the skew arch bridge across the railway for the opening of the station. The bridge was the first skew to ever cross a railway and is now a listed building.

Services[edit]

Rainhill is served by Northern Rail services between Liverpool Lime Street and either Manchester Victoria or Warrington Bank Quay every half hour on Monday to Saturday daytimes. Prior to the May 2014 timetable change, some trains continued beyond Manchester to destinations such as Stalybridge or Huddersfield. During the evenings there is an hourly service to Manchester Victoria & Liverpool.

On Sundays, trains run once per hour between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly (instead of Victoria), and continue to Manchester Airport.

Following completion of electrification of the line in Spring 2015, the Liverpool to Manchester Airport and Liverpool to Manchester Victoria services are now operated by 4-Car Class 319 Electric Units.

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See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Whiston   Northern Rail
Liverpool to Manchester Line
  Lea Green

Coordinates: 53°25′02″N 2°46′03″W / 53.417112°N 2.767604°W / 53.417112; -2.767604